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“FIELD’S STATION on ROUTE 205 is WORTH THE GOING”

Fields General Store Motel & Cafe
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Fields
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Some of the best roads are the ones less travelled. Such is the case with Route 205 in southern Oregon, USA. It’s only 73.35 miles long, running between Oregon Highway 78 near Burns on the north end and Roaring Springs Ranch on the south, never leaving Harney County. For those who choose this picturesque ‘High Desert Scenic Byway’, over the ‘zoomier’ highway 95, there’s a treasure along the way … Fields Station.

It started with a fellow named Charles Fields who homestead here and built a stagecoach roadhouse to serve folks and drivers making the trip between Burns, Oregon and Winnemucca, Nevada. It’s still doing the same thing today except drivers now go a might faster with a whole lot more in horsepower than back in 1881.

The, store, gas station, bar, lodgings and café are all found with one stop at Fields Station. If you need to use the outhouse, you will find blue plastic ones out front and close by is a hand powered water pump to use for washing up.

Below the sign, on the other side of the screen door, you can pay for gas and ice, pickup bottles of booze or order a drink from the barkeep plus do a bit of shopping: everything from suntan lotion to antacids, pepperoni sticks to hunting maps, chips to chap-stick. Overtop of an open doorway is a sign, ‘Café’; watch your step.

There’s enough room to sit twenty if everybody’s friendly. The place was pretty much packed when we arrived and a fellow changed seats so we could have the only two vacant stools left at the bar. Before long we were on a first name basis with others perched along the L-shaped bar and were laughing along with six friendlies occupying the corner booth across the room.

The menu is simple but we took the advice of a fellow we had bumped into at a gas station in Burns; he told us we had to try the hamburgers and milkshakes, “best shake you’ll ever have,” he said sincerely. Between flipping slabs of hamburger on the flat grill and serving chicken strips with mounds of fries to waiting customers, the pleasant cook managed to take our order. There is a plastic covered sheet of paper with all the milkshake flavors on it, but we didn’t know about it until after we had received suggestions from fellow diners and ordered accordingly. The milkshake is served with a spoon rather than a straw; way too thick for a straw. The hamburger, made with beef not fillers, was huge and topped with onions, pickles, tomato, lettuce and sauce, making the bun look small. One could cause injury to their jaw trying to bite the distance from top to bottom in one go.

This rare find may be on a road less travelled but numbers would suggest a great many of those who travel Route 205 stop to fill themselves (if not their car). In the past ten months Fields Station has served 4,396 hamburgers and 5,683 milkshakes.

Fields Station also offers accommodation in their two motel rooms. In the fall these are booked up with hunters; fishermen too are eager to occupy these rooms while catching their limit of rainbow trout from nearby streams. If it’s an overnight stop you want to make, you should probably book early.

For any traveler who’s prepared to give up Highway 95 ‘zoom’ and make room in their travel schedule for food, a fun experience at Fields and camera clicking scenery along the way, Route 205 is sure to please.

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

This is the last gas and water stop for many, many miles. So the food and service are really a seller's market. Nonetheless, both were outstanding. People here are very friendly and the burgers and shakes are excellent. This place is worth the stop even if you don't need gas or aren't really that hungry.

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

Spent 2 nights here while on a long desert drive of 1600 miles. Having gas, food, and small store is really a lifesaver when you're this far out in the sticks.

Be sure to book your room WAY in advance. We had 1 of the 2 rooms nearest the store. Each of those has 2 bedrooms, so you could easily put 4 people up. The rooms have pretty good fridges. I had a take out milkshake up and it would fit in the freezer upright. Really helpful to re-freeze ice packs, etc. Coffee pot in the room with the sealed filter coffee bags. Not bad (once you're out that far into the sticks, your standards re: food drop a bit). The scenery and wildlife make it all very worthwhile.

One thing that we world travelers found quirky is that there's no confirmation that you have a reservation. Nothing by mail, email, no confirmation #, etc. I called a couple times just to be sure and was told that if they had our credit card number on file, we were all set. Turned out that was the case, but nonetheless, one is a little apprehensive when it's the only motel in town.

Grill closes at around 3:30pm. You can get milkshakes (around 20 flavors and BIG) after that, but no cooked food. In fact, if you travel to this part of the state, you really should have a 12V cooler full of food. We did and probably ate a dozen meals out of it in 7 days.

Linens ok, shower's a little small (constantly pulling the shower curtain off your back), but it's fine. Lots of mosquitos this time of this particular year anyway. One fun thing was watching cars pull into the driveway and seeing the 2 resident magpies immediately race up and chew up the big grasshoppers that were stuck in the bumpers! LOL!

As far as the personnel goes, two gals, Jordan and Tiffany, were really great! There were two other gals who seemed a bit bothered when we asked a question. We had a blowout and sort of got the "so what" from one of the gals when we asked if she knew anyone who could fix it. But, it's the only show in town and we've got plenty of friends. (But thanks, Jordan and Tiffany!)

Tips: 1. Try to get either room 1 or 2. 2. Drive out to the Alvord Desert at sundown. We drove right down onto the lake and it was REALLY something. Just the sound of the wind and from where we were, we couldn't see anyone in any direction. 3. If you decide to take the drive to Virgin Valley in northern Nevada to check out the opal mines, drive that gravel road VERY slowly. The road was made with some very sharp rocks, which caused our blowout. We ended up driving 200 miles on our doughnut spare. 4. And in that vein, before you travel, make SURE your spare is in good shape! Also carry plenty of water (we had 10 gals for 2 people), motor oil, antifreeze, tools, etc. 5. If you decide to cut over from Fields to Plush by going back up north and turning west, be aware the road is like a washboard in some spots, especially around the Hart Mt Antelope Refuge Hdqtrs. But great wildlife viewing. We had considered it, but at that point, we had to get to Lakeview to get a new tire. If you do this, you'll never forget the vistas, animals/birds, and isolation. And we met some great people, too!

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Reviewed 18 February 2017

Sandy and Naomi were super-nice and stoked about their new bar and micro-brew taps they had put in, and I was stoked that I received a huge portion of 3C's milkshake. Blows my mind they made 6,300 of them last year! Fun merchandise, will get a burger next time-- roads were good for February but Frenchglen and Steens Mountain Road were not yet open.

Thank wandersmuch
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

Definitely nice to have this pit stop for food, ice cream, gas, and a room if you need it. This is one of the most remote areas of the West, the high desert of SE Oregon. If you're here, take a few days to wander around the Alvord Desert, Hart Mountain and Sheldon antelope refuges (Sheldon being in northern Nevada just south of the Oregon border), and Steens Mountain.

This country isn't for everyone. It's stark and remote, and will bore some travelers, especially if you're in a hurry to get to the big city. But if you like it, you're not just going to like it.

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